Energy Assistance

Energy Assistance Program

Energy Assistance Program year for  2021 – 2022 will start November 1, 2021. We will only have mail-in applications this year. No face to face appointments. However, if you are turned off you can come into any of our Vanderburgh, Posey, or Gibson county sites to turn your application in and have them contact the Energy Assistance department so we can pull your application and get it started right away. Please note, this is for clients who are turned off. If you have a disconnect you will need to contact CAPE main office at (812) 425-4241 so we can see if we can assist you in getting help from other agencies until your application comes up in the order we received them in.

All EAP benefits are not final until submitted to the utility vendor for payment. Benefit amounts are subject to change pending review by the local community action agency.

Even though you are getting help with your utility bills, EAP benefits will not cover them completely. So YOU must keep paying on your bills throughout the year.

Once you are approved for EAP, some utility companies are regulated by a state law that says you can not be disconnected from December 1st through March 15th. However, you may be disconnected before December 1st or after March 15th.

Weatherization services may help reduce your energy consumption. Ask what you can do to conserve energy and how the weatherization program might help you. Please read the enclosed energy education paperwork to help reduce your bill as well.

You have the right to appeal the process or decision of your application.

Vanderburgh County Application Site

Application by mail-in only.

You may still drop off paperwork at the drop box or bring in paperwork to the front desk.

The address is 401 SE 6th St. STE 001–Welborn Plaza. (former Welborn hospital).

CAPE entrance located on Cherry St. side of the building – Look for the red door.

(812) 492-3928 or (812) 425-4241

Posey & Gibson Counties

Can pick up and drop off applications in the Posey or Gibson county offices. Clients can also pick up and applications from Black township. They will email the applications to the Director of EAP.

Posey County
1113 Main St.
Mt. Vernon, IN
(812) 838-4839

Gibson County
115 N. Prince St.
Princeton, IN
(812) 386-6576

Clients can also apply online at https://www.in.gov/ihcda/2329.htm

Income Guidelines

Total household income for the past 12 months must be at or below the following:

45% to 60% SMI
Household SizeOne MonthThree MonthsYearly
1$2,251$6,753$27,012
2$2,944$8,831$35,324
3$3,636$10,909$43,635
4$4,329$12,987$51,947
5$5,022$15,065$60,259
6$5,714$17,143$68,570
7$5,844$17,532$70,128
8$5,974$17,922$71,686
9$6,104$18,311$73,245
10$6,234$18,701$74,803

You must have proof of income or no income for all household members age 18 and over for the past 3 months, your utility bill with the account number, actual social security cards for all household members or Indiana real I.D. and the applicant’s photo id or your application can not be completed.

Households with all utilities included in rent do qualify for this program.

Included in rent must have a landlord affidavit filled out

We also encourage an ACH form filled out so your check can be deposited directly into your account, and all items listed in the check-off list.

EAP Program Guidlines

Application: All household members must be listed.  Failure to include all persons living in your household is considered fraud.  Fraud can result in a denial of assistance or repayment of any assistance received.  Make sure to complete questions and sign & date the application.

Social Security Number Verification: Social security cards for all household members. (Please note we cannot accept 1040 tax forms for social security numbers due to the fact a lot of taxes are being completed by the head of household.)

If you cannot provide your social security card, the following documents may be used along with a government-issued photo ID:

  • Family Demographic (Office of Family and Children) printout with Social Security numbers
  • Military or Government Identification or Benefit Statement
  • W-2’s (For social security number purposes, adults only)
  • A birth confirmation letter from the hospital may be used for children under 1 that do not have a social security card yet

Driver’s License / Picture ID: A state-issued photo ID for the applicant that has a star in the top-right corner

Veteran: Please provide documentation such as a DD Form 214 or Veteran’s Administration Identification Card (VIC)

Income Information: All adults in the household 18 and older must provide proof of income

Wage Inquiry (WorkOne required only if the client is getting unemployment)

Forms of income

  • Please provide your most recent pay-stub. If you have not worked there in the past 3 months, we need an income affidavit filled out (zero income form). Please state when the client started the job and if the client works full or part-time
  • Please provide your final pay-stub if you have worked within the last 5 months and are no longer employed with that employer
  • Social Security Benefits (SSI, SSDI, SSD, SSA) / VA Pension / Veteran’s Benefit

Current Award Letter: Must be dated within the current year.  An award letter dated over a year old will not be accepted

Current Bank Statement: Statement must clearly show “United States Treasury deposit” and to whom it is for. The bank statement cannot be marked out for any reason

Pension: Most recent check stub OR current pension award letter

Self Employed:  Completed IRS form 1040 page 1 & 2, Schedule C page 1 & 2, and SE if applies for previous tax year

Zero Income Verification Affidavit / Cash Income: If anyone in the household has had 1 month or more of no income, this form must be filled out.  One form per household member

Housing Information:

  • Rent: Anyone who has utilities included in their rent will need a landlord affidavit filled out
  • All Landlord affidavits must be completed by the Landlord

Utility Bills:

  • The current utility bill (lower portion of the bill that you mail back to the vendor will not be accepted). Must be the full bill and the current month
  • If the utility bill is not in a household member, landlord, or Power of Attorney’s name, we will need a utility affidavit filled out and possibly an absent household member form
  • Current LP / Oil Invoice (the invoice must show name, vendor name, account number, service address, and budget billing)

Additional Documentation:

  • As each application is case by case, additional documentation may be requested
  • ANY missing information may delay decisions regarding your eligibility and benefit amount. Your application will be processed as it is received. Failure to provide required documents may result in delay or denial of your application